On Eve Of EITC Awareness Day, Brown Reveals Critical Tax Credit Returned Nearly $2 Billion to Ohioans' Pockets

Brown Releases County-by-County Data on EITC Utilization

Nearly 929,000 Returns Filed Last Year – with Average Size of $2,078 – for Critical Tax Credit for Working Ohioans

According to the IRS, some 25% of Ohioans Who Were Eligible Did Not Receive Earned Income Tax Credit; Ohio Taxpayers Could Have Claimed $500M 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As tax season approaches, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today reminded all eligible Ohio workers to maximize their tax returns by filing for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Last year, nearly 929,000 Ohioans saved almost $2 billion through this federal credit, but thousands of Ohioans miss out on this credit each year by failing to apply.

“Hard-working Ohioans should not be loaning Uncle Sam money,” Brown said. “But when thousands of eligible households don’t file for the Earned Income Tax Credit, they’re missing out on the nearly $2 billion in tax returns that Ohio families received last year. With tax day approaching, I want to ensure that each Ohioan receives the biggest refund possible. It is my hope that this year, all Ohio families who qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit will receive the credit. I want all Ohioans to know that the Earned Income Tax Credit is a way for families who are struggling right now to get some relief.” 

Earned Income Tax Credit

The Earned Income Tax Credit is a federal tax credit that may be available to working individuals or families. For the 2009 tax year, the average credit for Ohioans was $2,078. Last year, 928,674 Ohio taxpayers claimed the EITC, returning nearly $2 billion dollars to our state's economy.

 

Unclaimed Funds

Millions of dollars remain unclaimed by Ohio taxpayers who are unaware of this important tax credit. The IRS estimates that many Americans who qualified for the credit failed to apply by April 15, 2010. Below is a county-by-county breakdown for the maximum projected number of eligible filers in Ohio who claimed the EITC, using the most recent county tax information available.

County Name

Amount of EITC

Mean Amount of EITC

ADAMS

$7,331,779

$2,298

ALLEN

$20,364,996

$2,201

ASHLAND

$7,610,763

$2,050

ASHTABULA

$20,374,711

$2,120

ATHENS

$8,850,811

$1,929

AUGLAIZE

$7,553,803

$2,001

BELMONT

$11,487,169

$2,032

BROWN

$7,552,784

$2,180

BUTLER

$55,794,543

$2,167

CARROLL

$3,359,446

$2,027

CHAMPAIGN

$6,176,066

$2,113

CLARK

$26,990,066

$2,169

CLERMONT

$27,927,170

$2,078

CLINTON

$8,082,076

$2,114

COLUMBIANA

$20,487,403

$2,073

COSHOCTON

$6,681,700

$2,085

CRAWFORD

$8,802,254

$2,062

CUYAHOGA

$273,810,706

$2,289

DARKE

$7,769,521

$2,024

DEFIANCE

$6,473,902

$2,094

DELAWARE

$12,257,857

$1,952

ERIE

$13,832,409

$2,019

FAIRFIELD

$17,861,560

$2,082

FAYETTE

$5,715,007

$2,175

FRANKLIN

$232,025,656

$2,238

FULTON

$7,313,393

$2,043

GALLIA

$6,569,920

$2,295

GEAUGA

$6,113,594

$1,804

GREENE

$22,769,593

$2,042

GUERNSEY

$8,434,885

$2,171

HAMILTON

$155,012,340

$2,234

HANCOCK

$9,489,841

$2,015

HARDIN

$5,309,142

$2,053

HARRISON

$2,676,505

$1,964

HENRY

$4,281,997

$2,086

HIGHLAND

$7,962,203

$2,160

HOCKING

$5,302,007

$2,103

HOLMES

$4,903,391

$2,289

HURON

$12,690,659

$2,105

JACKSON

$7,602,851

$2,348

JEFFERSON

$11,829,050

$2,041

KNOX

$8,919,060

$2,076

LAKE

$27,316,706

$1,892

LAWRENCE

$13,831,193

$2,184

LICKING

$23,425,522

$2,064

LOGAN

$7,659,857

$1,986

LORAIN

$49,254,597

$2,149

LUCAS

$89,841,900

$2,205

MADISON

$6,720,090

$2,095

MAHONING

$46,349,566

$2,167

MARION

$12,774,943

$2,182

MEDINA

$16,296,362

$1,895

MEIGS

$4,279,141

$2,202

MERCER

$5,217,128

$2,061

MIAMI

$16,380,197

$2,024

MONROE

$2,274,583

$2,098

MONTGOMERY

$104,437,174

$2,235

MORGAN

$2,285,098

$2,152

MORROW

$4,573,334

$2,095

MUSKINGUM

$19,047,354

$2,158

NOBLE

$1,583,789

$1,950

OTTAWA

$5,590,946

$1,931

PAULDING

$3,062,781

$2,078

PERRY

$7,044,699

$2,099

PICKAWAY

$7,441,860

$2,061

PIKE

$5,987,586

$2,377

PORTAGE

$20,583,268

$1,913

PREBLE

$6,487,075

$2,061

PUTNAM

$3,814,458

$1,987

RICHLAND

$23,128,071

$2,150

ROSS

$13,872,088

$2,141

SANDUSKY

$9,951,684

$2,070

SCIOTO

$17,195,030

$2,405

SENECA

$10,810,315

$2,034

SHELBY

$7,781,391

$2,055

STARK

$68,013,439

$2,072

SUMMIT

$85,720,461

$2,088

TRUMBULL

$36,301,082

$2,031

TUSCARAWAS

$17,385,439

$2,049

UNION

$4,889,456

$2,098

VAN WERT

$3,826,377

$2,048

VINTON

$2,845,915

$2,252

WARREN

$17,189,397

$1,950

WASHINGTON

$11,011,624

$2,018

WAYNE

$17,084,792

$2,033

WILLIAMS

$6,980,881

$2,022

WOOD

$13,416,604

$1,844

WYANDOT

$3,533,814

$2,009

   

 

TOTAL:

$1,996,853,656


With the April 18th federal filing deadline approaching, Brown encourages all eligible Ohioans to take advantage of the Federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), free online filing services, and the free tax preparation services offered throughout the state.

Free Online Filing Services

Ohioans who have access to the internet and gross incomes of $58,000 or less can take advantage of free online filing through the IRS' web site: http://www.freefile.irs.gov/. The IRS Free File Program helps some many Americans each year file their taxes online in a fast, free, and secure fashion. The program gives filers access to tax preparation software that gives them step-by-step assistance toward preparing, completing, and filing their federal tax returns online.

Tax Preparation Assistance

Free tax preparation assistance is available at sites across Ohio. For additional information, interested persons should contact the IRS for Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) site locators. Call the hotline at: 1-800-906-9887 and enter your zip code for the neatest VITA/TCE site location.

More information on eligibility and the filing process for the EITC can be found at http://www.irs.gov/.

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